Good to see that Canon makes achievements in domains that are not related to imaging…
The Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens as launched back in August 2019 for the MFT system.
|Laowa 4mm F2.8 Fisheye|
|Angle of view||210°|
|Format||Micro Four Thirds|
|Mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Focus type||Manual Focus|
|Optics||7 elements in 6 groups|
|Min focus distance||8cm (3.15″)|
|Dimensions||25.5 x 45.2mm|
This new lens from Venus Optics has an ultra-wide field of view (210°) and obviously a lot of distortion. It almost sees behind itself, and it can be used or 360° panorama photography.
Presenting an immensely wide field of view within a truly compact package, the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye provides a huge 210° angle of view for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. As a circular fisheye, this lens is characterized by its noticeable distortion and bulb-like visual appearance. The greater-than-180° angle of view also enables making full 360° stitched panoramas with just two shots. The lens also sports a bright f/2.8 design for working in available lighting conditions and its manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 3.1″ away for true close-up shooting. Additionally, the fisheye design retains almost full depth of field when stopped down to f/5.6 for consistent and even sharpness.
- Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture is well-suited to working in low and difficult lighting conditions.
- Exceptionally wide 210° angle of view along with a circular fisheye design produces a highly distorted image for creative applications as well as the potential to stitch images together for full 360° panoramas.
- Manual focus design offers a minimum focusing distance of 3.1″.
- Lightweight and small design makes this lens suitable for use on drones as well as being ideal for VR imaging, action sports filming, or virtual tours.
[via DIY Photography]